A Contrite Heart

An excerpt from The Teacher's Heart

by Dr. Roy W. Lowrie, Jr. (1984)

Christian school teachers are authority figures to students. In the main, we are well-respected. Students listen to us. They also watch us. So do their parents.

It is important to our students that we never convey to them that because we are in authority, and because we are teachers, that we are better than they. That is, that we are cut from different cloth, that we are not the sinners that they are. Teachers who come on in that way are not effective in the spiritual progress of students.

Our students need to comprehend that we are sinners saved by grace. They do not need the Savior more than we. The ground at the foot of the cross is level. We communicate these truths to our students via a contrite heart, which speaks of a penitent, repentant heart as contrasted with its antithesis, a proud, hard, stiff heart.

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God thou wilt not despise” (Psalm 51:17). It is good during the course of the school year to share with your class your testimony, with no embellishment. Tell them how God worked in your life to bring you to Christ. Your contrite heart will be evident in this as you make it clear that it was “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us. . .” (Titus 3:5). Opening up and sharing your testimony is highly effective in helping your students to see you as a person with whom they can identify.

Your life before your students day in and day out, year in and year out, will be demonstrative of your contrite heart.

Last updated by Lisa Lanpher Jan 14.

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